The Crayères Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2021 is our fourth vintage of this classic Australian blend following the long-established tradition of fine Australian Cabernet Shiraz wines – and it is also the eleventh vintage of our Cabernet Sauvignon dominant release
The mild vintage conditions provided the perfect slow ripening framework for Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz in Wrattonbully. The resultant wine is classic Australian, with black fruit characters and peppery notes from the cool climate Shiraz and velvety tannins and a lovely soft texture from the Cabernet Sauvignon.
This vineyard has been baptised the Crayères Vineyard, after the chalk cellars that are found throughout Xavier’s region of birth in Champagne, France. Similar natural structures are found underneath this very special vineyard, and they are now the subject of a research project led by a team from the University of Adelaide as they are full of undisturbed ancient fossilised remains.
The Crayères vineyard is located next to Tapanappa’s Whalebone Vineyard, at the top of a north-south limestone ridge in Wrattonbully, one of Australia’s most exciting regions. The Terra Rossa top-soil is characteristic of the area. This part of the vineyard was planted on rootstocks in 2008, using cuttings from the neighbouring Whalebone Vineyard and French clones, and at a relatively high density for the area (4,444 vines per hectare, similar to the density of vineyards in Saint Emilion). The fruiting wire is only 50cm above ground, which is why the local vignerons call the vines the “low vines”.
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